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The pebble and the avalanche : how taking things apart creates revolutions

Author: Moshe Yudkowsky
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Important revolutions of the past 30 years include the Internet, personal computers, the XML programming language, and the breakup of AT & T. What do they have in common? All are based on innovations that break technology apart. After breaking a technology apart, it still works -- phone calls could still be made after the breakup of AT & T -- but it is composed of smaller and more flexible pieces that can be used to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Moshe Yudkowsky
ISBN: 1576752941 9781576752944
OCLC Number: 60245520
Description: xiii, 175 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I: Disaggregation: Why the Sum of the Parts Is Greater than the Whole: Disaggregation: The Driving Force of Revolution --
Starting Revolutions: What to Take Apart --
Benefits of Disaggregation: the Revolutionary's Bill of Rights --
Four Stages to Revolution: Devise, Interface, Accept, Evaluate --
Part II: Case Studies: Two Hundred Years of Revolution: From Horse and Buggies to Jet Planes: The Revolution in Manufacturing --
The Automobile Takes on the Railroads --
The Internet's Permanent Revolution --
Part III: Business Strategies: How to Cope, How to Fail, and How to Predict the Future: Interfaces and Standards: The Nuts and Bolts of Modern Civilization --
Coping with Surprises --
Marx, Lenin, and Gates: Failed Counterrevolutions --
The Role of Government --
Predictions: Three Revolutions in Progress --
Getting Started, Finishing Touches.
Responsibility: Moshe Yudkowsky.
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Important revolutions of the past 30 years include the Internet, personal computers, the XML programming language, and the breakup of AT & T. What do they have in common? All are based on innovations that break technology apart. After breaking a technology apart, it still works -- phone calls could still be made after the breakup of AT & T -- but it is composed of smaller and more flexible pieces that can be used to create new innovations. This process is called "disaggregation," so named because the pieces of the technology that were formerly stuck together are pried apart but not destroyed. Using the simple metaphor of the pebble and the avalanche -- prying rocks loose from a mountaintop releases tremendous energy -- this book explains the workings and benefits of disaggregation. Author Yudkowsky uses case studies from familiar companies and industries to explain how to generate similar innovations, in the process identifying strategies and tactics that maximize these innovations.

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